Philippe Myers

2019-20 Flyers season grades: Philippe Myers

2019-20 Flyers season grades: Philippe Myers

The 2019-20 NHL regular season has concluded and the next time the puck drops will officially kick off the race to the Stanley Cup. The Flyers are hungry and ready to battle it out, but that is thanks to the hard work from back in October. 

In an End to End series, NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Brooke Destra, Joe Fordyce and Jordan Hall will be grading players based on individual performances. 

Today we will be looking at Philippe Myers.

Destra

Normally an injury as severe as a fractured patella would cause a player to be out for a significant amount of time to recover. Luckily for Myers, he missed only a single game because just days after his injury, the NHL season was officially suspended because of the coronavirus outbreak. 

This could be viewed as a silver lining — considering Myers will now be ready to roll come the round robin and playoffs that will follow. Before his injury, we were able to see significant growth in the 23-year-old’s game — which made the thought of losing him for the remainder of the regular season much more difficult. 

It took just under a month before Myers was called up to the big club to start his season with the Flyers, and it made for an interesting dynamic, given how busy things were at the blue line. The Flyers went from having a couple solid defensemen, to having too much talent from top to bottom … it’s a good problem to have. 

If Myers continues to control the reins instead of attempting to be too flashy, he’s in for a bright future in the NHL.

Myers gets a B for 2019-20 — and expectations are definitely high for next season. 

Fordyce 

I think when Myers first came up in the '18-19 season, he did some things that caused people to put the cart before the horse with this young defenseman. During this season, Myers had some really bright spots, but also would get into stretches when it seemed he couldn’t get out of his own way. 

Myers played 50 of the Flyers' 69 games. The key number that stands out when looking at Myers' season is that he was a plus-17, good for second on the team behind only Sean Couturier and the best in terms of defensemen on the Flyers. There are several factors that go into that rating and while it’s a great rating, Myers still has some work to do. He showed promise this season, and with even or better ratings in eight of his last 10 games, Myers’ future could be bright. 

B for Myers.

Hall

There was a lot of excitement about Myers entering the 2019-20 season and understandably so. The 23-year-old defenseman has an NHL build at 6-foot-5, 210 pounds, he’s a fluid skater with offensive skill, he was ranked a top-50 prospect by the NHL Network the previous season and looked primed for a full-time impact.

While Myers had a so-so training camp and preseason, missing the team’s season-opening roster, he made it back to the big club and showed plenty of promise. With time, he started looking more comfortable and like a regular. The undrafted product recorded 16 points (four goals, 12 assists) and a plus-17 rating in 50 games.

Myers has said he’s at his best when playing a composed game and not trying to do too much, which leads to his impressiveness offensively and making things happen. At times, he would press and be hard on himself, but that’s common for any young player who cares.

All in all, a solid B for Myers, who looks like a fixture on the team’s blue line.

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Flyers get good news on injury front with 2019-20 season suspended because of coronavirus outbreak

Flyers get good news on injury front with 2019-20 season suspended because of coronavirus outbreak

A potential silver lining to the Flyers' 2019-20 run being brought to a halt was the time off to get healthier.

On March 11, the Flyers were about to push forward without James van Riemsdyk (broken right index finger), Philippe Myers (fractured patella in right knee) and Nate Thompson (left knee sprain).

On March 12, the NHL season was suspended because of the coronavirus outbreak. 

As the Flyers have missed their final 13 games of the regular season and have gone a month without playing, they've gotten healthier. If the 2019-20 season does resume, they'll be in good position.

The Flyers on Friday announced that Myers and Thompson have been cleared to play, while van Riemsdyk is expected to be cleared within one to two weeks.

In other health matters, Nolan Patrick (migraine disorder) continues to work out daily but has not been cleared for contact and Samuel Morin (torn ACL) is expected to be cleared to play in time for the 2020-21 season.

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Shayne Gostisbehere's role grows significantly with Philippe Myers' injury

Shayne Gostisbehere's role grows significantly with Philippe Myers' injury

Turns out, Shayne Gostisbehere will spell Philippe Myers for more than just one game.

Myers is expected to miss approximately four weeks with a fractured patella in his right knee. The 23-year-old defenseman blocked a huge Jack Eichel shot during the third period of the Flyers' 3-1 win last Saturday night over the Sabres at the Wells Fargo Center.

After hobbling off the ice, Myers returned to the game but didn't play over the final 4:58. He tried practicing Monday and took part in Tuesday's optional morning skate but was not going to play against the Bruins at the Wells Fargo Center. Now, the Flyers won't have him for possibly a month as they push for first place in the Metropolitan Division.

Including Tuesday night's matchup, the Flyers have 14 games and 26 days left in the regular season, so Myers very well could be out the rest of the way. Myers and Travis Sanheim have shown plenty of promise in making up the Flyers' second defensive pairing. The 6-foot-5, 210-pound Myers has 16 points (four goals, 12 assists) and a plus-17 rating in 50 games. He was also playing penalty kill minutes.

With a knee injury and some healthy scratches, Gostisbehere had not played in 24 of the Flyers' last 25 games. He has endured a difficult season but will play a sizable role moving forward. We'll have to wait and see if the 26-year-old jumps back onto one of the power play units.

The Flyers currently have only six healthy defensemen. Mark Friedman and Andy Welinski will be call-up options if the team wants to carry a seventh blueliner.

If the Flyers make the playoffs (Hockey-Reference.com had them at a 99.9 percent chance Tuesday), they will have timely reinforcements in Myers and James van Riemsdyk (broken finger).

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